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We all know how important it is for our well-being not only to have a house to our liking, but also an office that looks and feels productive and beautiful to be in. If you think about it a bit, you realize that you spend a big part of your day in your office.   Being an attorney comes with a lot of advantages, one of which is the privacy and comfort of your own office. Whether you have that in the law firm that you are working for or in your own private law practice, your office is your sanctuary. The first thing your clients will see when they enter the building is the reception area. Even though the most important part will happen when they ...
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The days of paper charts, chock full filing cabinets and exam rooms that appeared to have suffered the action of a shrink ray gun are fading fast. Setting up patient care space today is very much about partnerships meant to support an integrated health system and permit access to       larger treatment areas,       better/newer technology and       highly qualified staff, while distributing the resulting overhead costs in a sustainable manner. Medical office design trends now favor the ‘home-like’ atmosphere and strive to make layouts feel as less ‘clinic’ as possible. Yet, they still need to be defined by such characteristics ...
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One of the best things about home décor is that you can make it as custom as you want. You are always in control and you can feel free to adjust or adapt everything as long as it makes sense for yourself. It’s all about choosing those pieces that you want and making sure that they fit the way you want to. It makes a lot of sense to use art for decorating your home. Ideally you want to have a few art pieces in your home if you want, as those are incredibly rewarding and interesting. As you can see from https://www.buzzfeed.com/bobby77/the-bouvier-affair-the-plot-thickens-1g0ql , art is very important and it does have the potential to bring in front rewarding ...
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Since you’ve decided to open this article, we needn’t even say how important a presentation actually is – you are probably only too aware of it. Unfortunately, all the hard work and endeavor invested in the project don’t necessarily guarantee your idea is going to be turned into reality. Your project might as well be practically flawless and as close to perfection as it gets, but if you can’t deliver an interesting presentation about all its amazing qualities, your building may well never see the light of day. For this reason, let’s take a look at some of the techniques that are guaranteed to bring you a lot of nods of appreciation, and eventually, the deal ...
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The Internet has changed dramatically over the last 15 years – from the humble early beginnings of Google to the rise of social media giants. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram have allowed people to feel more digitally connected than ever before. People these days are able to log onto their selected social media channels and read latest news and events, discover new trends and feel connected to their friends and peers. This is possible thanks to the simplicity and ease people have in accessing these platforms. A lot of this has to do with the emergence of smart phones and other small handheld gadgets which we use daily, usually on an hour to hour basis. ...
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Small firm risks aren’t small and as with any architectural firm, keeping on top of emerging risks and how to manage them can be cumbersome, time-consuming – and risky. You don’t know what you don’t know – so it’s helpful to have a source of information about currently developing issues and tools to keep you abreast of the most effective ways to practice. Many small firm owners are not aware of the many free practice resources and special small firm member benefits designed for them and their firms by the AIA Trust. The AIA Trust is governed by AIA members who work with independent experts to identify, evaluate, advise, and create programs of value ...
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When there is a pressing need of fund and one lack the sufficient amount of fund, the only way to get the access to quick loan is borrowing. In life, anything can happen; the surprise expense or medical bills pop up when people least expect them. Getting a quick loan with a traditional loan process which generally deals with bank and credit union seems difficult and people generally find themselves financially handicapped as they fail to get quick cash. Other than traditional loan process, people with bad or no credit score and a lien free vehicle title can apply for car title loan. The processing, objective and requirement of the title loan are completely ...
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California is one of the most exciting places in the States. Yes, it is. A tour through California’s largest cities and smallest towns can impress any and all guests. Although the great fun lies in the area’s plethora of adventures to offer to all visitors of all ages, there is, we believe, a need to take a good look at the area’s architectural brilliance, developed piece by piece, brick by brick, floor by floor through American history. Here, we take a look at the best in California. 1. Golden Gate Bridge This one needs no introduction. It’s in San Francisco, the bay area, and is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, where the Bay opens into ...
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Cannabidiol or CBD is a type of cannabinoids which are the chemicals naturally found in the marijuana plant. Even though the CBD is derived from the marijuana plants, it is nonpsychoactive supplements which do not contain any form of intoxication which can create a high effect on the consumer. With the increased research and benefits of the CBD, it is used as pharmacologically broad-spectrum drugs. The hemp naturally produces the chemical compounds which have a wide array of potential therapeutic and medical effects. Today, CBD is legalized in most of the states because of its medical benefits. Nowadays, CBD is widely used to treat medical conditions because ...
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More and more we hear and engage in discussions about carbon footprints, recycling, and environmental preservation. The US alone has a big share in 34.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide produced on a global level, for instance in 2017 America contributed as much as 5.14 billion tons of carbon dioxide alone, admittedly the latest results, however, are a bit paradoxical. On the one hand, America has greatly reduced its carbon footprint compared to the previous years. Energy-related CO2 emissions decreased by 0.66% , but this report may not be as good if we are looking at this year’s levels. Either way, the USA is still one of the biggest pollutants on ...
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Gone are the days when the kitchen area used to be hidden from the view of the house and was not given much attention. Nowadays the kitchen is the main point of the house where families meet and interact. Kitchen has become the focal point of the house, no longer hidden. People give intimate detail to the way they want to design their kitchen as it would represent the look of their house also. The flooring, colors of cabinets, storage, lights; every little detail plays an important role in making your kitchen a better place. After all, the kitchen is where the food is. Like all trends, the kitchen design trends also change. Here are seven top kitchen design ...
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By @Michael R. Davis FAIA In their September 2018 meeting, the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects approved a number of amendments to AIA’s Code of Ethics . Among them were changes that make sustainable design more explicitly an ethical imperative for all AIA Members. The newly adopted version of Canon VI, Obligations to the Environment, describes sustainable design in more specific, compelling, and actionable language and helps frame the topic as the defining challenge for Architecture today. It includes separate Ethical Standards for energy conservation and greenhouse gas emission reduction, water conservation, building ...
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By @Corey Z. Squire AIA and @Helena Zambrano AIA All professions tend to be a bit insular. Doctors have lunch with other doctors, lawyers marry other lawyers, and architects have a tendency of living in a world of their own making. “Outside the Circle” was a lecture series that was designed to introduce the architecture community a range of ideas, problems, and solutions, that relate to the built environment, but have been tangential to the major concerns of our profession. Presented by the San Antonio AIA COTE from fall 2017 through spring 2018, the series was a major success for our chapter and can serve a template for COTE chapters around the country. ...
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There is always room for improvement, and finally, it is going to become literal truth in your case, too. You have decided to buy a new home and relish all those things you’ve desired for quite some time now. It may be the new kitchen, an extra bathroom, or perhaps a bigger garden. However, despite the fact that you have already experienced the lengthy process, you have come to realize you’ve forgotten quite a few things about it. For this reason, here are 4 most important things to know before sealing the deal. Your budget Surely this is crucial for your shopping success. Even though our advice seems pretty straightforward, in practice this is exactly ...
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Dear COTE colleagues:  A shift is underway, both at AIA and far beyond, toward new policies and initiatives that will bring us closer to adapting to our changing climate. The Global Climate Action Summit convened in September in San Francisco and engaged people all over the world. An AIA delegation including COTE leaders participated throughout the week. Cities will shape our future and the goal outlined by the World Green Building Council at COP 21 in Paris in 2015 was that by 2050 all buildings will only use as much energy as they generate. Advocacy in all forms was high on the agenda and a sense of urgency that policy changes must happen ...
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Arizona State University's Design School has shared their listening report, which began last July with this question: How do you create a school that is inclusive, collaborative and equitable? More than 200 students, alumni, faculty and leaders engaged in this process to inform their future plans. Download the comprehensive ReDesign Listening Report here
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If you feel that the times is now right to transform your house or apartment into a Smart home, you probably should read the rest of this short article. Smart homes are still a fairly new concept and it takes more than a few gadgets here and there to make yours qualify for this rather swish label. So if you have a few minutes to read on, we’ll do our best to offer 4 great suggestions that may just do the trick.   Amazon Echo No Smart home would be complete without this ultra-cool gadget. Amazon echo is essentially a hands-free speaker that can add some serious value to your downtime at home. It can play all of your music just from listening to your ...
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Greetings from the Historic Resources Committee: New York City provided a great urban venue for the 2018 AIA Convention on Architecture. The Historic Resources Committee hopes you all had a chance to enjoy New York City and its deep history. The city was busy and architects were everywhere exploring buildings–old, new and under construction. The Javits Center was the main headquarters with additional session venues at the New York Hilton Midtown and The New School –we were treated to seeing the city in many ways. We were also treated to keynote events at the famous Radio City Music Hall and the Fellows Investiture ceremony in the newly restored St Patrick’s ...
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By Samantha McCloud, AIA   In our industry, firm culture takes many forms, considering the variety of firm sizes, specialties, locations, and numerous other factors. There is arguably no one-size-fits-all solution in how to best guide the way people work. Nevertheless, research shows that firm culture, when designed effectively, can be a powerful resource for positively engaging team members on an emotional level. This means big benefit for the bottom line. Firm culture can energize people to invest more in their projects. It can support social connection and increase loyalty to the company. It can also attract new talent and bring in new business. ...
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